Tomina Parvanova Lyden

(Founder) Harp & Piano Teacher

Tomina Parvanova Lyden is one of the most in-demand artists in her field. She has performed with a myriad of major orchestras and ensembles, including Boston Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Boston Ballet, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (to name a few). Ms. Lyden has served as principal harpist for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra for three seasons and has performed for numerous shows On and Off-Broadway. In 2011, Ms. Lyden was a harp fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where she performed under the baton of world-renowned conductors, such as Jaap van Zweden, Kurt Masur and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. Born and raised in Bulgaria, Ms. Lyden began her musical training on the piano at the age of 6. She attended the National Music School in Sofia majoring in both Piano and Harp. After relocating to the United States, she obtained her Bachelor's degree from the Boston Conservatory and Masters from Boston University (CFA). For over 14 years, Ms. Lyden has been teaching both harp and piano to students of all ages and backgrounds. She was an adjunct instructor at the Boston Conservatory where she taught solo, chamber music and orchestra repertoire. While pursuing her Masters Degree at Boston University CFA, she was a harp teaching assistant for undergraduate students minoring in music. She has served on faculty at Long Island City Academy of Music and Sage Music School.

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"Tomina is an excellent harp teacher. She is flexible in terms of teaching pieces that are catered to the musical interests of the student, but at the same time puts a strong emphasis on classical technique and sound production. Her lessons are always tailored to suit the student, and I highly recommend her to anyone serious about learning the harp!


"Tomina has been teaching my daughter piano for the past two years. She enjoys her lessons, and Tomina has been great. I'm happy with her progress and the way she's still excited to be learning."


"Tomina is a talented, skilled teacher, who really understands basic learning theory. She is excellent at breaking learning down into small chunks, correcting weak areas, and going after all areas of learning an instrument. She loves music and relates very well to people (warm, caring, good sense of humor). I highly recommend her as a teacher."

K Slutsky 

Tomina Parvanova was chosen to teach at Boston Conservatory (during my illness) because of her amazing mastery of so many music styles: classical (from traditional to contemporary), popular to therapeutic, global (all around the world) to improvisation.  She was assigned the harp students who had multiple musical interests and talents (like singer-songwriters, ethnic musics, arranging non-harp classics to lead-sheets, as well as orchestra parts, chamber music, and more). She prepared them for recitals and ensembles, as well as strengthening their technical skills, broadening their horizons of musical possibilities for the harp, and generating an atmosphere of camaraderie among the students.  Tomina proved to be an excellent choice! The students loved her, learned from her, and formed friendships with her. I was very impressed with her seriousness and joy in teaching - and with the progress the students made under her tutelage."  

Cynthia Price-Glynn, former Chair of the Harp Department, Boston Conservatory